2015, the year of the half

I never got around to writing a full First Half race report, so a quick preface to say that it was pretty good. I was hoping, if everything went perfectly, I’d get back under 1:30. However, I did fade somewhat and had a couple really slow kms in the final 3-4, so I didn’t quite hit that goal. However, coming in at 1:31 was pretty decent. In fact, being as spotty as I’ve been in recent years, that’s probably the best half I’ve run in the past 3-4 years.

Analyzing my Strava splits, I kept things reasonable at the beginning, hitting 5k at 21:07. My 2nd 5k split of 21:00 shows me picking up the pace a little through the mid-way point of the race. My 3rd 5k split of 21:21 shows me still holding steady but just beginning to slip. My 4th 5k split jumped :39 for 22:00, and I was really slow coming back up to Beach Avenue from the Seawall, clocking a 4:45 for the final 1.1k. As I haven’t had a lot of long runs with a hard finishing kick, fixing this is just a matter of more work in that area.

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One down, eleven to go

I guess these updates will be a twice-monthly kind of thing if January is any indication. That’s OK, as that’s probably frequent enough to keep myself honest on tracking my goals for 2015. I’m not sure they’re of interest to anyone but me, either. Things kept percolating along for the most part in January, and I’m keeping most of the things I really want to focus on front and centre.

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A good start

While it wasn’t an explicit 2015 goal in my 2014 year-end review, I wanted to write a bit more on my journal. So, I guess this is the start of that, as well. However, it’s not the main reason I’m writing this very short update. My main reason for hopefully doing these on a somewhat regular basis is to try to keep myself on track.

The good news is, with the exception of our renovation planning (which is stuck on acquiring an oddly dimensioned refrigerator prior to planning out the counters and cabinets), I’m making good early progress on the things I want to change.

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If there’s one unfortunate byproduct of Vancouver’s off-leash dog parks, it’s clueless owners. Don’t get me wrong. I love seeing a couple pooches hamming it up, running around like lunatics and generally getting their dawg on – when the owners have both purposely come to an off-leash park for this reason.

Unfortunately, there’s a special breed of dog person who has their animal off-leash at all times, everywhere. We may see a bit more of it because we live right by one of the larger off-leash parks in Vancouver, but it’s all over our neighbourhood.

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2014 in review

In terms of big things, 2014 was pretty subdued for me, and the second half of the year was downright sparse. That can often be a good thing. Without further adieu then, a general inventory of my year, with a hint of planning for the next one.

Early on

Patullo BridgeGoing back to January, I was fresh off a lovely expensive gift, courtesy the Surrey RCMP on Christmas Eve 2013. I waited until the last opportunity I could do so, and registered my dispute in late January. As of this writing, it’s a year and seven days since the ticket and over eleven months since the dispute was registered. Still no news on a court date.

Chilly Chase medalI started my planned year of racing with the Vancouver Chilly Chase in mid-January, ostensibly a warmup for the First Half, so run at a fairly conservative pace due to having eased back into slightly higher mileage. As I gave my Achilles a pretty good tweak and didn’t end up doing the First Half, I wished I’d pushed the Chilly Chase a little harder, but still I got 9th overall and had a good run.

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